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Two Ambazonian leaders freed in Nigeria

The two were part of the 12 leaders arrested in a hotel in Abuja on January 05 by security forces but were not handed over to Cameroonian forces as was the case with the others.

John Ojong Okongho and Nsoh Nabowah Bih were released on Monday because of medical challenges, their lawyer Abdul Oroh said.

They had been kep in a secret detention facility until recently when they were transfered to the Asokoro police station in Abuja where they were held beyond 48 hours without being charged by the court as permitted by Nigerian law.

“The two that were released are among the 12 leaders of the group the Nigerian government arrested last month.They are John Ojong Okongho and Nsoh Nabowah Bih,” Mr. Oroh said.

“They were released on bail because they have medical challenges. According to the police, investigations have been concluded and handed over to the Inspector General’s office.

In total, five ambazonians were brought to the police station in Abuja but just two were released and their lawyer is optimistic the rest will be released.

“The remaining three will be released soon I think because they have medical challenges too,” he added.

Julius Ayuk Tabe, the leader of the Cameroon separatists movement was arrested in Abuja on January 5 along side  11 others as they gathered in a hotel to discuss the influx of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria following violent clashes in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

About 39 other separatist fighters were earlier detained in the Nigeria city of Taraba before they were all handed to Cameroonian authorities a month later.

However, only 10 of the 12 leaders arrested in Abuja were deported to Cameroonian as the other two resisted on grounds of their Nigerian nationality, their lawyer Abdul Oroh said.

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